Style is unquestionably a means of expressing oneself. While some may believe that wearing leopard print gives off Tarzan or safari connotations, we genuinely believe that leopard print can be worn gracefully and even professionally.
You may wear leopard as a neutral with almost any print, color, or pattern—its warm, neutral tones combine nicely with autumnal and winter colors (though you can also wear it year-round!). Choose your degree of comfort with the leopard print below and use these tips to incorporate it into your home and clothing.
You could even add a leopard accent while setting up your own personal spa at home. And why not check out these tips for wearing the color orange while you’re at it?
Playing It Safe for Novices
If you’re not convinced that leopard print can be stylish, aren’t sure how a pattern that appears so wild can be worn as a neutral, or don’t normally experiment with your wardrobe, this is for you. Begin with a tiny accessory, such as leopard print flats or a belt to incorporate leopard print into your outfit. Neither of these pieces is very flashy, and they may be easily included in an all-neutral outfit.
While leopard is a neutral that can be paired with different prints or worn with bright, vivid colors if you’re hesitant to incorporate it into your wardrobe, stick to neutrals in other areas.
If you’re feeling the leopard vibes but aren’t ready to go all out, play it up by wrapping an ascot or bandana around your neck—tres chic! By bringing the leopard print nearer to your face, you make it more obvious, but the piece remains a minor component of the entire ensemble. If you don’t like the necktie trend, you can still step up your shoe game by wearing leopard-print heels or ankle boots rather than flats.
Wear any of the pieces mentioned above (including a leopard tote!) with warm hues such as chambray blue, olive green, mustard, poppy, or cranberry to make your leopard stand out even more. All of these tones are ideal for the cooler months, and for those who aren’t confident enough to wear leopard with any color just yet, leopard print in black and camel pairs well with these selections.
If you’re not afraid of leopard print, as you shouldn’t be, you know you can wear it as a neutral and is far from a trendy appearance. If you’re comfortable wearing larger leopard-print pieces like blouses, sweaters, or pants, you can dress leopard as a neutral—meaning it can go with any color—and are prepared to experiment with blending other prints with it.
Keep the other (non-leopard) design simple, such as a fine tweed or a white striped tee, to ease into the print combination. Because of their classic appearance, these patterns are easier to combine with leopard than bolder textures like fur or multi-colored prints like plaid.
Incorporating Leopard Print at Home
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Color trends are always a huge focus in interior design, but leopard print is rarely one. With its startling brown-black combo on a cream-beige base, this print can easily be regarded as color and nicknamed the “new neutral.”
Leopard print has a particular elegance that, when utilized appropriately, offers drama without overpowering a space, thanks to its delicate rosette patterning, which varies from the round spots of cheetah print. This print is adaptable and easy to implement to décor due to its wide spectrum of warm, neutral colors. Whether conservative or daring, you may fit this stunning print into almost any interior décor style. Allow us to demonstrate how.
Accents in Leopard Print
Because of its high contrast value, leopard print works well as an accent motif. You’re not asking it to blend in; you’re asking it to stand out. It’s a pattern, but it’s a luxurious pattern that will also be unique and stick out, so it will have an impact even when used sparingly.
A little goes a long way when adding a silk leopard shirt to a fitted black suit or a leopard belt to jeans. It alludes to hidden depths, a willingness to try new things, and a fondness for the unexpected. We can all relate to this, and it’s the simplest way to incorporate leopard print into your house if you’re afraid of making a huge statement.
A rich, bold color palette with a hint of leopard for pattern and contrast lends a little exotic flavor and a touch of luxury to this design.
However, you must handle your leopard print with caution. It’s like overdoing it on the spice while cooking — just enough to bring out all the other flavors, but too much, and it will overshadow the entire dish, rendering it inedible. Balance is essential.
Leopard print should not take over the room. It shouldn’t be the primary thing that comes up.
Make a dramatic statement with leopard print in a yellow and pink bedroom. It adds texture, pattern, and a playful element to a well-balanced scheme. Again, it is only a smidgeon of it that produces the impact.
Maximalist Leopard Print
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Not everyone wants leopard print to play a minor role in their home; it may work just as well in a far more maximalist scheme, but it’s a risk, and your bravery will carry it through. When it comes to interior design and fashion, it’s all about having a sense of style and embracing the look.
Repeat motifs (whether pattern or color) across the house to nearly diminish the impact of the one major statement, so the excessive use of this print does not appear alarming. Leopard looks best when set on a dark background. If you look at all of the fashion icons, you’ll see that they all looked fantastic in black leather with leopard print.
Abstract Leopard Print
If you’re worried that leopard print may look ‘tacky,’ paint it yourself or create a more abstract design with different colors. Perhaps avoid the fluffy imitation leopard fabric, but if that’s what you want, it’s your home, so enjoy it.
Don’t be hesitant to blend different patterns with leopard print if you want to go for a full-on maximalist effect. Contrast patterns should vary in magnitude and color for maximum impact and excitement. Because it is such a simple design, leopard print is easy to mix with various patterns.
A true maximalist joy for pattern enthusiasts, the leopard print table is a soothing refuge that complements the lavish décor. Taking leopard away from actual colors gives it a more abstract appearance. The leopard print’s black and white picks up on the background colors but contrasts with energy, verve, and drama — perfect for the drama queen in you.